July 19th, 2012
07:30 AM ET
Editor's note: Adrienne LaGier is one of seven CNN viewers training to race the Nautica Malibu Triathlon with Dr. Sanjay Gupta as part of the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. This past week, LaGier visited her hometown of Buffalo, New York, to finish planning her upcoming wedding, which will take place just two weeks before the triathlon.
It's not easy having a hometown that has best chicken wings and pizza in the world. But here are a few tips that helped me get through my week of summer vacation in Western New York.
July 16th, 2012
11:10 AM ET
Active teens are healthy teens, but some kinds of activities may be better than others.
New research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics suggests that team sports may be better at keeping kids' weight down than biking or walking to school.
Study authors from Dartmouth College looked at the influence sports, physical education and commuting to school had on adolescents and their weight.
Investigators surveyed more than 1,700 high school students by phone and asked them how much they participated in team sports, what other forms of physical activity they were involved in and their height and weight.
July 13th, 2012
07:30 AM ET
Cutting back on calories is the cornerstone of any successful weight-loss plan, but as dieters can attest, that's easier said than done.
So it's encouraging to learn that three simple strategies can provide a boost: Eat regular meals, write down everything you eat, and avoid restaurants and takeout at lunchtime.
These three habits were each linked to greater weight loss in a new study of 123 overweight and obese middle-aged women, all of whom managed to shed at least a few pounds over a one-year period.
July 5th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
Last week, I took our daughter to the DMV so she could take her driving test. While waiting in one of their monotonous lines, I took out my driver’s license to show her. I told her I shaved the beard and mustache because I looked too much like my Uncle Willie. As we were laughing at my picture, I reminisced about when I went in to renew my license in 2008.
I remembered telling the clerk my height, eye color, etc. When it was time for me to disclose my weight, a very personal bit of information, I wasn't ready. I didn't even think that question would come up. Even though it came up the last time I did this, I guess I forgot!
I froze for a few seconds, contemplating what I believe a lot of us do when we’re at that place in line.
June 16th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
Editor's note: Chrissie Wellington is a four-time World Ironman champion. Her autobiography, "A Life Without Limits," is available on Amazon.
It is an absolute privilege and an honor to be able to introduce myself as a guest coach of CNN’s 2012 Team Fit Nation Tri Challenge.
My warmest and heartfelt congratulations go out to the extremely Lucky Seven who have been chosen to embark on the special, exhilarating and incredibly empowering journey from beginner triathlete to the finish line of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon on September 16, 2012.
With just over three months to go until race day, the countdown is well and truly on, and the team has already taken part in a week-long training camp in Hawaii. Truly a baptism of volcanic fire!
Every Tri Challenge member has committed to try and reach this new, ambitious goal, and I will help them get there, offering regular guidance, advice, support and encouragement to enable them to realize their dreams.
June 15th, 2012
03:02 PM ET
Editor's note: Adrienne LaGier is one of seven CNN viewers training to race the Nautica Malibu Triathlon with Dr. Sanjay Gupta as part of the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. Here LaGier shares some lessons she learned while doing her first open water swim at home.
One of the major fears I had when I started my CNN Fit Nation triathlon journey was the viability of swimming in the Bay just 1.5 miles from my house.
I’ve heard horror stories from friends who have battled brutal infections in their skin and bloodstreams after swimming in the Chesapeake Bay.
June 15th, 2012
07:28 AM ET
Editor's note: Madeline Martinez is joining dozens of iReporters who are documenting their journeys from garden to table. Stay up to date on her progress toward a more fruitful way of life on iReport.
Well before her diabetes diagnosis, Madeline Martinez knew her unhealthy eating habits were leading her down the wrong path.
Martinez, a 49-year-old corporate travel agent in Miami, Florida, was 120 pounds overweight — the result of years resorting to fast-food dinners after long days at the office.
When her endocrinologist delivered the news in February - Type 2 diabetes - she got serious. She ditched McDonald's and began shopping at Whole Foods and farmers' markets for organic produce.
Then she went a step further and bought a shovel.
June 10th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
Jeff Dauler is one of seven CNN viewers training for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Recently Dauler and the rest of his teammates traveled to Hawaii for a week of intensive training.
The highlight of my trip to Hawaii was the 30+ mile bike ride that we took one morning with Dr. Gupta and Ironman champ Chris Lieto.
We rode from our resort into Kona, stopping at mile 25 to tape some TV stuff and go for a short run. Obviously, completing the ride was a big deal. But, at the risk of sounding too cliche, it was the journey and not the destination that made that day so important to me.
About 12 of us left the resort as a group, and by the time we were a few miles into the adventure, ability divided us into smaller pockets of riders. I was soon left in the dust by Lieto and Gupta as they powered up the hills along the busy (and very windy) Queen K highway - part of the actual Ironman course.
I kept pressing forward as I saw my teammates' red jerseys get farther and farther away, until they were gone. When I finally got the courage to look behind me, I didn't see anyone there either. I was a one-man Hawaiian wolfpack, on a bike, hoping I'd find the correct turn before I circled the whole island. Just me and the hills.
June 9th, 2012
09:29 AM ET
Carlos Solis is one of seven CNN viewers training for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Recently Solis and the rest of his teammates traveled to Hawaii for a week of intensive training.
I remember one Sunday afternoon last year. My wife and I were driving, seeing all these cool looking bicyclists decked out in spandex uniforms and racing gear pedaling along Euclid Avenue in our town.
I was thinking out loud, “Man, it sure would be cool to be doing that someday.” The thought ended there as a very cruel reality check set in.
I was 48 years old, still overweight, still fighting to gain control over my obesity and diabetes. What in the world was I thinking?
June 8th, 2012
02:30 PM ET
You don’t need any fancy triathlon-specific gear to finish a triathlon. A swimsuit, any bike (and helmet) and pair of running shoes are really all it takes.
But there are limitless triathlon accessories (triathlon cufflinks, anyone?) if you want to look sharper, go faster or be more comfortable.
Consider your race goals before pulling out the credit card.
I want to finish
Instead of relying on questionable tires, swap them for a new set designed for durability, such as the Specialized Armadillo or Continental Gatorskin. After equipping your ride with dependable tires, take it to a mechanic to check the chain, derailleurs, shifters, bolt tension and cables before race day.
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